The Big Chill 2011

Idris Elba, Lucy Lui, The Bullitts, Big Chill, Festival, 2011, Live, Main StageAs part of Lucozade’s YES moments campaign I went along to The Big Chill Festival in Herefordshire. My full review of the festival is available over at God is in the TV Zine but for my blog I’ll keep things short with a few snippets of my review:

“As soon as you arrive at The Big Chill you get a sense of a festival that takes pride in its warm and inviting atmosphere and beautiful setting. All the staff are helpful and whilst the mazes of the area’s road network are at times too much even for the stewards to figure out, eventually you find your way to the idyllic and remote Eastnor Castle Deer Park, a setting that gives the Big Chill an instant charm that most other festivals simply don’t have, as well as significantly more space to actually enjoy the camping experience rather than give up all privacy and dignity.

Whilst Friday was all but lost to the time spent travelling and getting set up (we only managed to catch Empire of the Sun, Aloe Blacc and Chemical Brothers) Saturday and Sunday seemed like polar opposites in many ways, the mainstream pop acts dominating the stages on the Saturday whilst living legends like Robert Plant played to an altogether different crowd on the Sunday. Nevertheless both days were full of highlights, another spot-on festival performance from Jessie J (an act I had reservations about even tolerating live) provided a fitting prelude to Mr West whilst on the Revellers Stage Calvin Harris, Example and Katy B impressed a noticeably youthful crowd.

My highlights of the festival, aside from the luxurious camping, included the three headline acts Kanye West, Chemical Brothers and the fantastic Rodrigo y Gabriela as well as a peppering of acts, big and small, across all stages. The Bullitts with their eclectic and diverse mix of inputs (Idris Elba, Lucy Lui, Jay Electronica) were a breath of fresh air on the main stage whilst Metronomy and Warpaint lived up to expectation too. My discoveries of the weekend, including Rodrigo y Gabriela who are now firmly on repeat on my iTunes, were Alexia Coley and the East Park Reggae Collective who both featured on smaller stages early in the day Sunday. Alexia Coley performed on the Reveller’s Stage a couple of days after the brilliant Aloe Blacc and greeted onlookers with the same passionate soul and Motown styles. The East Park Reggae Collective were bursting with energy and sounded fantastic tucked away on the People’s Ear Stage.”

And to tell the rest of the story here are a selection of photos from the weekend. For the full set visit My Flickr

Metronomy, Live, Big Chill, Festival, 2011

Alexia Coley, Live, Big Chill, Festival, 2011